Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Next week's newsletter article

In the coming weeks, our church will be placing special emphasis on the mission support and efforts of our church. We will be in the midst of our Operation Christmas Child efforts for this year. We will be hosting a pastor from Louisiana who will share how God uses the support of churches like ours to help ministry and missions continue in the New Orleans area. We will also have a Missions Luncheon on that Sunday, October 29th, as we share the many ways God is using our church to support and be on mission.

In addition, when you receive this newsletter we will have team on a mission trip in the Rio Grande Valley in Texas. This area of Texas is made up of some of the poorest counties in the entire country. The churches in this region face enormous challenges and have a multitude of needs. Our group, along with members from Little Bonne Femme Baptist Church in Columbia, MO, will be helping a church and its members in a variety of ways, from construction and repair to teaching. Please pray God will use our group, Dee Wiecher, Mabel Deluca, and me, in ways which can make a permanent and even eternal difference.

During our trip I will be sending daily diary updates to this blogt, sharing what we are doing and even showing pictures (when available). We will leave on Saturday, October 21st, and return on Saturday, October 28th. Come back each day to keep up on what we are doing and where we are.

This time of year, as the Christian year winds down and we look toward another season of Advent, is the perfect time to celebrate all of the ways God has been faithful in using our church and her members this year. Have you missed your opportunity? Have you committed to our GROW emphasis? Be prayerful and watchful and God will find you a place to serve.

Grace and peace,
James

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